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Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-19-2014, 06:03 AM
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Posted By DarkBrood
Announcing Brews & Stews

I would like to welcome the Home Brew Talk community to visit my newly-minted blog, Brews & Stews. Although I've been mostly quiet here lately, I've been an active member of the HBT crowd for a long...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-15-2014, 10:27 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 10,473
Posted By DarkBrood
Oh, this sounds so deliciously twisted that I...

Oh, this sounds so deliciously twisted that I have to give it a try! I'd try it for the bizarre mead alone, but this cheese curd sounds verrry interesting (I'm a chef and baker, so new ingredients...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 10-30-2013, 02:28 AM
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Views: 561
Posted By DarkBrood
@Calder - I'm pretty sure it's lactic. I've...

@Calder - I'm pretty sure it's lactic. I've compared to an awful lot of pellicle photos and the tang in the flavor is much more reminiscent of old milk/yogurt than earthy, funky, or prominently sour....
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 10-30-2013, 02:21 AM
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Posted By DarkBrood
A thought on an alternative approach. Since the...

A thought on an alternative approach. Since the oktoberfest and special bitter are still in their fermentors (primary on the okt, secondary on the bitter), suppose I thinned out each fermenter with...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 10-29-2013, 10:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 561
Posted By DarkBrood
All the lactic buckets taste okay, just not what...

All the lactic buckets taste okay, just not what I intended. The lactic tang is quite pronounced in the special bitter, tastes out of place. It's light in the oktoberfest - the melanoidins from the...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 10-29-2013, 11:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 561
Posted By DarkBrood
advice on new sour "solera" project

At any given point, I have 6-20 fermentors going. I primary in 4gal buckets that I get from work (a batch fills 3 or 4 of them). Every so often, one has a little bug left in a scratch that the...
Forum: Brewing Software 10-07-2013, 06:22 AM
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Posted By DarkBrood
Search the BYO archives...there's a great article...

Search the BYO archives...there's a great article with most of them in it. Titled something like "Build Your Own Brewing Spreadsheet" iirc.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 10-06-2013, 08:10 PM
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Views: 500
Posted By DarkBrood
I've only done beer, mead, and fruit wines (no...

I've only done beer, mead, and fruit wines (no grape yet)...what are "wine diamonds"?
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 10-03-2013, 01:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 938
Posted By DarkBrood
I've been considering testing out that recipe,...

I've been considering testing out that recipe, myself....but I also doubt that timeline. My thought was to just pull a couple of bottles by their schedule (just to see) while leaving the rest in the...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 10-03-2013, 06:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 500
Posted By DarkBrood
Tamarind lambc recipe advice?

I tried a can of tamarind juice for the first time last week. Very interesting stuff. I was struck by how much the complex flavor profile was reminiscent of a young lambic/geuze or a light saison.
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Forum: Brewing Software 01-16-2013, 02:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,556
Posted By DarkBrood
As someone who was a software developer in a...

As someone who was a software developer in a previous life, I've tried out all that I have come across (and built my own spreadsheets in Excel with the various formulae). My favorite, hands-down, is...
Forum: Label Display & Discussion 12-15-2012, 08:18 AM
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Posted By DarkBrood
http://www.digitalgibson.com/beer/images/logos/DBB...

http://www.digitalgibson.com/beer/images/logos/DBB-Logo200x200.jpg

Dark Brood Homebrewery

Originally a name coined for a computer games company that never got off the ground in the late 90's,...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-26-2012, 03:38 PM
Replies: 12,232
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Posted By DarkBrood
I split a batch up and did 1gal each of cranberry...

I split a batch up and did 1gal each of cranberry and apple at 25/75, 50/50, and 75/25%. Consensus was that the 50/50 was the best. The cranberry tannins definitely add to a fuller flavor than the...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-26-2012, 03:13 PM
Replies: 1,617
Views: 258,899
Posted By DarkBrood
In general, the wine and champagne yeasts will...

In general, the wine and champagne yeasts will produce cleaner products with winelike esters, ale yeasts will produce more cidery products with more phenols and an absence of sulfur.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-26-2012, 03:10 PM
Replies: 1,617
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Posted By DarkBrood
Gotta keep that airlock filled! A dry airlock...

Gotta keep that airlock filled! A dry airlock will let in the nasties. I had a couple fruited apfelwines go lacto thanks to dry airlock and fruit flies...worked out in the end, but was not planned.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-23-2012, 07:31 AM
Replies: 1,617
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Posted By DarkBrood
Most nutrients are best used after boiling for...

Most nutrients are best used after boiling for 10min or so. I have done late nutrient additions for several things without oxidation issues. Rolling boil for 10-15min, add nutrients, boil another...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-01-2012, 01:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,140
Posted By DarkBrood
.....and it's worth pointing out that this isn't...

.....and it's worth pointing out that this isn't a local-cops-deal-with-it issue....manufacturing of alcohol for sale without permit is a Federal offense that is dealt with by the ATF and DEA (and we...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-01-2012, 12:24 PM
Replies: 1,617
Views: 258,899
Posted By DarkBrood
Simmering wouldn't do it - you'd need to boil off...

Simmering wouldn't do it - you'd need to boil off the extra water, which would also partly caramelize the sugars in the juice (which might be quite tasty for this recipe) - freezing is a better...
Forum: General Techniques 10-01-2012, 12:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,826
Posted By DarkBrood
Yes to nutrients. As for rocking the...

Yes to nutrients.

As for rocking the fermentor, I would avoid it unless you can purge it with CO2 first - you don't want to late-aerate your beer!
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-29-2012, 08:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,695
Posted By DarkBrood
2012 LongShot Judging Sheets?

Once again, Sam Adams promised to deliver score sheets by Sept. 1...it'll be October in 2 days and I haven't heard anything yet....anyone else out there get some results for this year?

(I still...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-28-2012, 10:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,405
Posted By DarkBrood
I had noticed comments about AoD using the...

I had noticed comments about AoD using the Ommegang house yeast, and from what I've been able to find out, it sounds like they use just the one for all their brews (except perhaps for...
Forum: General Techniques 09-26-2012, 05:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,826
Posted By DarkBrood
Recipe factors: Old extract or generally poor...

Recipe factors: Old extract or generally poor quality extract will likely not ferment as much as it should - check the specs from the manufacturer for things like "% solids" and "expected yield"...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-26-2012, 05:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 381
Posted By DarkBrood
If you want to go another direction, I've used...

If you want to go another direction, I've used White Labs' European Ale yeast for an Oktoberfest that came out beautifully (had to ferment slightly below the recommended temp and give it a little...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-26-2012, 12:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,366
Posted By DarkBrood
Re-bump.....these look quite useful. Has anyone...

Re-bump.....these look quite useful. Has anyone in the US contacted them for an order? Any idea on minimum order size or shipping costs to the US? (Or anyone in the US supplying these things?)
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-25-2012, 01:12 AM
Replies: 12,232
Views: 2,127,578
Posted By DarkBrood
Oy! Talk about a damn reality check.....I'm...

Oy! Talk about a damn reality check.....I'm gettin' old...:fro:
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